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A Senate In The Gun Lobby's Grip

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Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and Rep. Ron Barber D- Ariz., hold hands during the dedication of a room in the Capitol Visitors Center to slain congressional staffer Gabriel Zimmerman on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) | AP

WASHINGTON -- SENATORS say they fear the N.R.A. and the gun lobby. But I think that fear must be nothing compared to the fear the first graders in Sandy Hook Elementary School felt as their lives ended in a hail of bullets. The fear that those children who survived the massacre must feel every time they remember their teachers stacking them into closets and bathrooms, whispering that they loved them, so that love would be the last thing the students heard if the gunman found them.

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